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Join our community of Directors and Volunteers

  • Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity?
  • Are you an OREA member in good standing?
  • Are you passionate about making an impact in the real estate industry in Ontario?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, then you’ll want to consider giving back to the industry that you’ve built your career on by volunteering with OREA.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the information below.

OREA relies on strong leadership to drive change and achieve our mission of helping Ontario REALTORS® succeed in building stronger communities.

The OREA Board of Directors provides leadership and guides the strategic direction of the association. OREA is led by a volunteer 13-member board of directors, comprised of the following positions:

Officers (One-year terms)

  • President
  • President-Elect * (Ex-Officio Director)
  • Immediate Past-President (Ex-Officio Director)

ELECTED DIRECTORS (Rotating two-year terms)

  • Four Directors-at-Large
  • Five Provincial Directors
    • Western Ontario; Southern Ontario; Northeastern Ontario; Northern Ontario; and Eastern Ontario
  • Two Provincial Directors for the Central Ontario Area
    • The Home Board for each shall not be the same Member Board

Members elect Directors-at-Large and Provincial Directors for available positions at the OREA Assembly.

* The President-Elect is elected from among Directors-at-Large and Provincial Directors by the Board of Directors. The President-Elect automatically becomes President in the year immediately following the year of being elected President-Elect.

“As an OREA Director, I love the fact that I’m able to participate in the process of improving the organization’s effectiveness. It’s a very rewarding role which enables me to contribute to improving benefits to our members.”

- Mike Douglas, Broker, Re/Max Chay Realty Inc. Barrie, Ontario

Interested in running for a position on OREA’s 2021 Board of Directors? The following positions are up for election: two Directors-at-Large and four Provincial Directors (one each from the Northern, Eastern, Western and Central Ontario Areas). Directors will serve a two-year term.

Interested candidates must complete and submit an online application (the “Application Form”) by no later than 12:00 midnight, Saturday, January 16, 2021. You will be prompted to log in.

Pre-requisites for 2021 Director-At-Large or Provincial Director Candidates*

  • Must be and remain an Individual Member.
  • Must have been an Individual Member of a Member Board for the last three years in the five years immediately preceding running for election (that is 2018, 2019 or 2020).
  • Must have completed the Leadership 100 and Leadership 200 courses offered by the OREA Centre for Leadership Development.
  • In the five years immediately preceding running for election (that is 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020), must have either:
    • served as an OREA Provincial Director or an OREA Director-at-Large; or
    • served on a committee of OREA for at least three years; or
    • served as an officer/or director of a Member Board for at least two years; or
    • served on a committee of a Member Board for at least three years; or
    • served as an officer and/or director of any not-for-profit organization for at least two years.

* Candidates for the position of Central Ontario Provincial Director whose Home Board is the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board are not eligible to run for this position on the 2021 OREA Board of Directors.
(Since the Home Board of the Central Ontario Provincial Director who will continue in the second year of their two-year term in 2021 is the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board)

Please note that there are additional (basic) requirements for all Directors:

  • Must be and remain an Individual Member.
  • Must not be or become legally incompetent;
  • Must not be or become bankrupt or insolvent;
  • No Director shall serve continuously past the sixth OREA Annual Meeting after the date the Director was elected and has served continuously from (which may result in a Director not being able to continue serving as a Director for the second year of the two year term for which the Director was elected), unless after the end of that sixth Annual Meeting that Director is the President or the Immediate Past-President *;
  • Any individual who is disqualified from continuing to serve as a Director as a result of section 7.02(a)(iv) [OREA By-law] shall be entitled to be elected as a Director again as of the commencement of the third OREA Annual Meeting following the day the Director ceased to be a Director;
  • The Director must take and, if requested by the Board of Directors, retake the oath of office, as determined from time to time by the Board of Directors; and
  • All newly elected Directors shall before the next Annual Meeting following the meeting at which they were elected for the first time, complete the Leadership 300 course offered by the OREA Centre for Leadership Development, if they have not done so previously.

* Six-year term limit: A candidate elected as Director for 2021 and who has served continuously as Director for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 may not be able to continue serving as a Director for 2022 (i.e. the second year of the 2-year term for which the Director was elected), unless that Director is elected 2021 President-Elect.

To learn more about running for a position on OREA’s 2021 Board of Directors, click here

Apply to participate in OREA’s Mentor to Mentee Connection (M2M) program

Are you interested in advancing in your volunteer role at your local association?
Can you see yourself eventually running for a position on the OREA Board of Directors?
Do you want to build your leadership skills and increase your volunteer impact?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, then consider applying to be a Mentee with OREA’s Mentor to Mentee Connection (M2M) program.

M2M

M2M was created to mentor future candidates for the OREA Board of Directors. Mentors are selected from Members who have served on the OREA Board of Directors in the past five years and who have a passion for developing talent.

Mentees will be assigned a Mentor who will meet with them on a regular basis. Mentors will provide information, support and guidance to Mentees as they develop their skills and experience in volunteer leadership. OREA will provide a number of opportunities throughout the year to allow Mentees to network with members of the board of directors and other Mentors and Mentees.

Note: There are a limited number of Mentors available so not all interested applicants will be able to participate in the program. We can not guarantee placement for all applicants.

Criteria for Applying

Mentee applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Is an OREA member in good standing
  • Has an interest in advancing in real estate leadership and potentially running for the OREA board of directors
  • Can commit to the program for two years:
    • Is prepared to be accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
  • Has at least one hour per month to devote to the mentor
  • Has served on at least one committee at the local real estate board or association or at OREA
  • Is willing to work with a mentor to build their leadership and personal skills, and will:
    • Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
    • Respect the mentor’s time and commitments
    • Solicit and be receptive to feedback and suggestions
    • Give feedback to the mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship
    • Follow up on agreements
    • Be open and honest on goals, expectations, challenges and concerns
    • Be prepared for meetings and come with specific objectives
    • Maintain confidentiality

The M2M program is an excellent opportunity for Members looking to build their leadership skills and interested in advancing in real estate leadership.

OREA is committed to enhancing its diversity and inclusiveness. Please see OREA’s Commitment to Building Stronger Communities without Racism.

Applications are now closed

Got questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine La Chappelle, Head of Membership and Leadership Development, OREA, at elainel@orea.com

Committees are designated groups of individuals mandated to carry out specified duties as assigned to them and are often referred to as the ‘work horse’ of the board of directors. There are two types of committees at OREA: standing committees and special committees (i.e. ad hoc)

You need to be an OREA member in good standing to apply. All committee members must also complete OREA Leadership 100 and 200 courses prior to the first committee meeting. Each committee has a mandate or Terms of Reference that outlines its function. Some committees require some specialized skills/experience/qualifications. See the committee’s Terms of Reference before you apply to ensure that you qualify.

“Serving on an OREA committee has provided numerous opportunities and facets to cultivate new skills that have not only enhanced my career, but also afforded me the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals who are all looking to make a difference to our industry.”

-Dominic Cole, VP & Broker of Record, BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage, Ontario

OREA posts a committee application on www.orea.com each year, available on specific dates from December to February. You’ll be asked to share information about yourself including your experience and education. You’ll get to select up to three committees that you would like to apply for. Full information about each committee is available with the application.

Committee members are selected in March by the OREA Board of Directors. The board works to ensure the best fit between candidate and committee, often seeking out related experience and knowledge.

You need to be an OREA member in good standing to apply. As of 2020, all committee members must also complete OREA Leadership 100 and 200 courses prior to the first committee meeting. Some committees require some specialized skills/experience/qualifications. For example, you must be a Broker to sit on the ‘OREA Arbitration and Ethics Committee’. Qualifications for each committee are explained in each committee’s Terms of Reference that forms part of the application form.

As a committee member, you are expected to: prepare for meetings by reading the meeting package in full; attend the majority of meetings in-person or via conference call as defined; and, participate fully in discussions and decisions. Meeting frequency and duration varies from committee to committee as do the specific responsibilities. More information about each committee is available with the application form.

LIMITED TIME OFFER

The Leadership 200 course, Becoming a Leader, is free to all Members until June 30, 2021 ($125 in cost savings). If you volunteer on a board or committee in your community, this course is for you. This new and improved course is available online now. Learn more here.

Five reasons to apply:

  • Volunteering gives you a way to give back and make a difference to the REALTOR® community.
  • Volunteering offers incredible networking opportunities across the province.
  • Volunteering is the perfect place to develop new skills.
  • Volunteering can be energizing and renewing.
  • Volunteering can create leaders.

If you have any questions about volunteering with OREA, please contact info@orea.com

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